Hunter Branch




Branch Contacts

For information about this Branch, please contact the ACMHN National Office on 02 6285 1078 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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Greater Western Sydney Branch




Contacts  l  Education Forums  l  Meetings   l  Annual Conferences


Branch Contacts and Committee

The Branch welcomes enquiries and suggestions from members and non-members across the local area. 

Executive Committee 2016 - 2017


Chair: Joumana Khoury
Vice Chair: Joanne Seymour
Secretary: Diane Long
Assistant Secretary: Vivian Masukwedza
Education Officer: Robyn Bowcock
Assistant Education Officers: Maureen Jacques, Sharon McInerney, Susanne Reynolds
Executive Officers: Tristan Chapman, Moreblessing Gumbo, Chris Au, Shauna Thomas, Alyson Chapman


To contact ACMHN Greater Western Sydney Branch please contact the national office on 02 6285 1078 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About the Greater Western Sydney Branch

The Greater Western Sydney Branch (GWSB) was established in 2003. The Branch encompasses all the areas bounded by the LGAs of Lithgow, Campbelltown, Auburn, and Hawkesbury and includes for example, the Hills District, Parramatta, and Blue Mountains. However our membership is not limited to these areas.

Our members (mental health nurses) work across the public and private sector in a range of settings. Their various specialty areas cover the lifespan and they work in the contexts of acute care, rehabilitation, crisis work, case management, consultation liaison, drug and alcohol/dual diagnosis, primary care, and forensic mental health services. In addition to clinical practice, members also work in the areas of education, research, and management and with non-government organisations and other networks.


The Branch's key roles are to provide members and other mental health workers opportunities for education and professional development, and to provide professional representation for mental health nursing locally.


Branch Aims

  • To share information, encourage inquiry, and promote education through our annual conference and three education forums each year.
  • To facilitate opportunities for professional discussion and to strengthen professional networks.
  • To encourage knowledge sharing and dissemination of differing perspectives between members, nurses, those with an interest in mental health, and other agencies.
  • To contribute to future directions for the mental health nursing profession locally.
  • To provide links to and updates about the work of the College broadly.


Meetings and minutes

GWS Branch Executive meetings
4th Tuesday of each month
Venue: Board Room, Cumberland Hospital
Time: 6.00 – 7.30pm

Meeting Minutes - July 2016

Meeting Minutes - June 2015 (AGM)

Meeting Minutes - May 2015

Meeting Minutes - March 2015

Meeting Minutes - February 2015



Education Forums

Education forums are presented regularly throughout the year, at the Nurse Education Centre, Cumberland Hospital, Westmead.

A flyer is circulated via email prior to each event. Forums are free of charge and include light refreshments.


Annual Conferences

The Annual Conference is usually held on the last Friday of March each year, at The Novotel in Parramatta. The Conference promotes expansion of mental health nursing knowledge, philosophies, principles, contemporary practices and research by offering mental health nurses the opportunity to meet and hear from mental health professionals with diverse knowledge and expertise in a wide range of mental health contexts.

The Conference organising Committee are keen to ensure that the conference is accessible to students and beginning/novice nurses. To this end, the Committee welcome novice presenters to submit abstracts and offer opportunities for them to practice presentations prior to the Conference. 



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Northern NSW Branch





Branch Contacts and Committee

Chair - Matthew Morgan
Secretary - Diane Russ
Committee Member - Ciaran Carolan
Committee Member - John Hurley
Committee Member - Graeme Browne
Committee Member - Matthew Flowers


To contact ACMHN Northern NSW Branch please contact the national office on 02 6285 1078 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Central Coast Branch





Branch Contacts

For information about this Branch, please contact the ACMHN National Office on 02 6285 1078 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 




The New South Wales Branch is one of eight branches of the College, formally constituted to provide professional leadership, support, and representation of mental health nurses in our region. We work in partnership with many agencies including: NSW Health, Centre for Mental Health, Chief Nurse, Nurses & Midwives Board, public sector Area Mental Health Services, Universities, TAFE, College of Nursing, Private sector hospitals, NGO’s and other service providers - Supporting mental health in New South Wales.

A Branch Executive is elected annually by NSW members, providing management and leadership of all regional operations and wider representation of College and professional issues at State and national levels. The Branch has four active Sub-Branches in the Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra and Greater Western Sydney supporting College activities and networks at local level.

Our members (mental health nurses) work throughout all metropolitan, rural and remote areas of New South Wales in the public and private health sectors, hospital, community, primary health care/general practice and tertiary education across clinical, management, health administration, research, and education fields.

The majority of mental health nurses are employed in the public sector of NSW Health (Area Mental Health Services), including hospital and community multi-disciplinary teams, providing clinical and nursing services to people and their families with mental illness. This includes a range of specialist services from child and adolescence to older people, acute adult psychiatry, rehabilitation, dual diagnosis alcohol & drug services, and forensic psychiatry. Wherever there is a need for mental health services, there are mental health nurses working in partnership with other health care professionals, families and non-government agencies.


  • Annual regional and local conferences
  • Skills workshops and professional seminars, hosting invited national and international guest speakers and scholars
  • Continuing education: Bi-monthly education forums and general meetings for members and staff
  • Continuing education: Short courses in partnership with key education providers and stakeholders
  • Grants and scholarships for members, staff and students to attend conferences
  • Career expos - professional trade exhibitions and advice within the region
  • Professional representation of mental health nursing within the region
  • Professional advice and consultancy on health care policy, workforce planning, education and research
  • Corporate partnerships, sponsors and events management
  • Access to NSW branch and Sub-Branch resources/networks: Sydney regional and local forums, events and web-pages
  • Access to College resources: Standards of practice, credentialing of mental health nurses (CPP), International Journal of Mental Health Nursing (IJMHN), research monographs, annual regional and international conferences, networks, and national website resources